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Marine Patrol

Marine patrol in Union County is a seasonal, part-time position, also available during emergencies.

Routine enforcement and educational patrols are conducted between March 1 and October 31 on the following bodies of water:

Thief Valley Reservoir

Pilcher Creek Reservoir

Wolf Creek (Guy Smith) Reservoir

Morgan Lake

Jubilee Lake

Grande Ronde Lake

Grande Ronde River

Contacting the Marine Deputy: 

During the fall and winter months, September to May call 541-963-1017 to leave a message for the Marine Deputy. During summer, May-August he can be contacted by cell phone 541-963-1054 or you can leave a message at 541-963-1017. You can also contact him by email at all year.

Educational Activities:
School Water Safety Classes in all County Schools

Mandatory Boater Education:
The Union County Sheriff’s office offers water safety classes.
Challenge Examinations for Mandatory Boater Certification are available from the State. For more information go to

Boat Registration:

You can register your boat at the Sheriff’s Office, 1109 K Avenue in La Grande, Monday-Friday 8 to 5.

Inspection Activities:
Call or email Deputy Tad Butcher  to schedule an appointment for the following:

Safety Equipment on board
HIN inspections for Oregon title